Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29249
Hints and tips by pommers
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BD Rating – Difficulty *** – Enjoyment ***
Hola from the Vega Baja and Feliz Año Nuevo a todos. I seem to have survived Christmas and the New Year relatively intact so it’s just Kings to go over the coming weekend then it’s back to normal. Hope you all enjoyed the festive season too.
I’m not sure who today’s setter is but I don’t think it’s RayT. It’s his turn this week but in this puzzle there are nine clues with nine or more words and the quick crossword is full of multi-word clues. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m proved wrong though as my record of setter spotting is far from good. I found it a bit tricky in places so it will be interesting to see if you all agree.
As usual the ones I liked most are in blue. The definitions are underlined in the clues and the answers are under the “click here” buttons so don’t click on them unless you really want to see the answer. Please leave a comment telling us what you thought.
1a King say, is keeping in mind what soldiers should wear (11)
REGIMENTALS: String together the usual letter for king, two letters for say and the IS from the clue. Into this insert (keeping) a word meaning in mind or in the head.
7a Additionally provides food to boy (5,2)
TACKS ON: A slang word for food (4) and your boy child (3) split (5,2).
8a Exercise when nothing gets off the ground, there being a fog (3,4)
PEA SOUP: A charade of two letters for exercise, a two letter word meaning when, the letter that looks like zero (nothing) and a two letter word meaning off the ground all split (3,4).
10a Completely unfashionable element of the political spectrum? (8)
OUTRIGHT: A word meaning unfashionable followed by one side of the political spectrum.
11a Provide new final bit to trading activity? (6)
RETAIL: This trading activity could be read as meaning to provide a new final bit or end, to a dog perhaps.
13a Three learners gathering round to relax (4)
LOLL: Take three learners and insert (gathering) a round letter.
14a Lots of different things thrown on mattress (10)
ASSORTMENT: Anagram (thrown) of ON MATTRESS.
16a Yes, this Don can be tricky — it’s not fair! (10)
DISHONESTY: Anagram (can be tricky) of YES THIS DON.
18a Queen to take over with no sign of affection (4)
ANNE: This Queen was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. She’s a word meaning to take over without the letter which you might put on a Christmas card as a sign of affection.
21a Drinker disposing of pounds — one generous to restaurant staff? (6)
TIPPER: A word for a drinker without the L (disposing of pounds).
22a Stuff mum mostly put back (8)
MATERIAL: Latin word for your mum followed by a reversal (back) of a word meaning put (past tense) but without its last letter (mostly).
24a Render song about maiden I left looking happy (7)
SMILING: A word meaning to render or deliver a song placed around (about) an M(aiden) the I from the clue and an L(eft).
25a Sailors not out in boat should be going off (7)
TURNING: This is a word for going off that my gran used to apply to going off milk. It’s the abbreviation for our military sailors and a word meaning not out placed inside (in) a type of boat.
26a Sam ordering bananas, one who enjoys scoffing (11)
GORMANDISER: Anagram (bananas) of SAM ORDERING.
1d Article about musical event (7)
RECITAL: Anagram (about) of ARTICLE.
2d Talk from bishop is so good, uplifting (6)
GOSSIP: A lurker hidden in (from) bishop is so good but it’s backwards (uplifting in a down clue.
4d Turn up for small drinks (4)
NIPS: A word meaning turn or revolve reversed (up in a down clue).
5d A horse given time to drink (8)
AMARETTO: A from the clue followed by a female horse, a T(ime) and the TO from the clue.
6d Son to get angry keeping in cupboard? (7)
STORAGE: S(on) followed by the TO from the clue and a word meaning to get angry.
7d Resorting to godly rest, they shelter in caves (11)
TROGLODYTES: These people who live in caves are an anagram (resorting) of TO GODLY REST.
9d Stop to let the water out? (4,3,4)
PULL THE PLUG: A phrase meaning to stop or bring an end to something is also what you would do to let the water out of your bath.
12d Given a legal document that’s shortened? (10)
CONTRACTED: Double definition.
15d One offering accommodation in small house with phone? That is right (8)
HOTELIER: Abbreviation (small) of house followed by a short word for a telephone the two letters for that is and an R(ight).
17d Something wet falling on to heather from young tree (7)
SAPLING: Something wet from a plant placed on another name for heather or erica.
19d Number one gentleman, full of energy, creating more commotion (7)
NOISIER: Two letters for number followed by the letter that looks like one and the title of a gentleman or knight of the realm. Into this lot insert (full of) and E(nergy).
23d Silver Sun personified in Indian city (4)
AGRA: Chemical symbol for silver followed by the Egyptian sun god.
Maybe not as much blue as usual but my podium is occupied by 9d, 5d and 24a. Which ones did you like the most?
Just as an aside and nothing to do with the crossword – if you want a giggle have a google of “South Yorkshire Police Operations Complex” and have a look at their address.
Quick crossword pun: MATT + RIMINI = MATRIMONY